FLORISSANT, Mo. (KSDK) - Police were called to Cross Keys Middle School Thursday morning after a student brought a gun to school.
The 13-year-old boy turned the .38 caliber pistol into a teacher saying that he knew he shouldn't have it at school, but felt he needed it for protection.
The pistol was not loaded, but the student did have a single bullet in his possession.
The boy had the weapon hidden in his backpack prior to turning it in.
The student was arrested and later charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
The case was turned over to family court and the boy was taken to juvenile detention.
Jana Shortt with Ferguson Florissant School District says the student faces disciplinary action that could range from a long term suspension to expulsion.
The following letter was sent to parents of Cross Keys Middle School students today:
"I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred today in which a student self-reported bringing an unloaded firearm to school and then voluntarily turned the weapon over to a teacher, who immediately reported the incident to school and District administrators.
"The Florissant Police Department was contacted, and officers took the student into juvenile custody.
"Although the student brought this to the school's attention, the student will face disciplinary action in accordance with District policy. A student may not possess, transmit or handle any weapons - including anything that looks like a weapon -- on school property. Such actions result in long-term suspensions (up to 180 days) or expulsion.
"Providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. I appreciate the actions of our staff for handling the situation quickly and professionally.
"Please take this opportunity to remind your children that weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on school property and encourage them to report unsafe situations."